In Summary
  • Pochettino insists he doesn't owe anybody a favour when it comes to team selection
  • Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld have been preferred to Vertonghen at the heart of Tottenham's defence
  • Wanyama was a key player at the start of Pochettino's reign in north London but looks set to leave by the time the European transfer window shuts on September 2

LONDON

Mauricio Pochettino has warned Tottenham's stars he won't pick players out of "charity" if they don't meet his standards.

Pochettino has frozen out Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen for the opening two games of the Premier League season, while Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama is reportedly set to be sold.

Both players have been regulars for Tottenham in the past, with Vertonghen's omission especially notable given his largely impressive form.

However, Pochettino insists he doesn't owe anybody a favour when it comes to team selection.

"I am only going to decide to try and provide the best players that are in my head to play," he told reporters ahead of Sunday's clash with Newcastle.

"If I don't play someone it is because I believe there is another in my opinion that is better. This is very clear.

"It is all about performance. It is all about today. Football is about today and tomorrow not yesterday."

Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld have been preferred to Vertonghen at the heart of Tottenham's defence for their win over Aston Villa and the draw at Manchester City.

"We are in a team. We are not a charity first of all. It is about performance and we are the coaching staff and we have a lot of options to play to play different players," Pochettino said.

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